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Dr. Mark Saul Joins Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival as Executive Director

(San Jose, CA - August 16, 2016) The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival welcomes Mark Saul, Ph.D. as Executive Director. Dr. Saul most recently served as Director of Competitions at the Mathematical Association of America.

"Mark brings enthusiasm, experience, and great connections with people all around the world," says JRMF founder Nancy Blachman. "He is great with kids who love math, as well as with those who haven't yet been turned on to math. He excels at getting kids to experience aha! moments."

"As we expand our outreach and bring Festivals and math resources to schools, parents, and communities around the world, we'll be able to help more students and work more effectively thanks to Mark's relationships in the educational community and his ability to engage students, even those who may not know they love math," adds JRMF Director Lora Saarnio.

"I'm especially excited about working with the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival," says Saul, "because JRMF's non-competitive approach to problem solving makes Festivals accessible and intriguing to students often left behind by conventional math education. The range and depth of its problem sets and mathematical activities offer something to attract and engage students of all abilities--the most gifted students, the most struggling students, and the youngest students. The form is flexible, and the social motivation applies without regard to achievement or background in mathematics."

As JRMF prepares to celebrate its first decade next year, large and small Festivals are taking place in schools and communities around the world, including India, China, and Latin America. Information and registration for upcoming events is available at
About the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival ( Julia Robinson was a mathematics professor at UC Berkeley for many years who is especially known for her work in solving Hilbert's tenth problem. The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals began in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007 to honor her legacy and encourage more students to pursue mathematics, and have since expanded to other cities around the world.

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